Recently I asked my husband what recipe I should share with you all for Father’s Day. He answered “blue cheese stuffed burgers” without hesitation, and I have to admit they sounded pretty good to me too.
Back when we were newlyweds, we had the luxury of spending more time creating our meals, and blue cheese stuffed burgers were frequently on the menu. These days it’s typically all about whatever we can get to the table fast enough before dashing off in different directions for baseball, softball or gymnastics, so the extra few minutes spent stuffing the burgers and toasting the ciabatta rolls just aren’t a good fit for our busy schedule.
But weekends are a different story… So after baseball and softball were over last Saturday, we took a quick trip to Walmart to pick up the ingredients for our burgers.
I was excited to snag this Mainstays Burger Press while we were there, because I’ve been looking for one that’s dishwasher safe for awhile now. We have a cast iron one, but it’s a total pain to clean and I have to admit that I frequently leave it sitting in the sink, hoping my husband will do the dirty work. I’m not the only one who does that, right?!?
Using a burger press makes the process of stuffing the burgers a little easier and more uniform, but you can also form the patties and stuff them by hand if you’d rather. In either case, just make sure to leave a ring around the edge of the patty cheese-less so you can seal the burgers well.
Not all of my kids like blue cheese, so a 2.25-lb. package of ground beef was the perfect size to make four of the blue cheese stuffed burgers, plus two plain hamburgers, or it should make five of the stuffed burgers.
My husband wanted something fancier than just a plain hamburger bun, so he grabbed a package of ciabatta rolls from the Walmart Bakery. I spread a little butter on them and toasted them, and they were perfect for these burgers!
We layered tomato and spinach on the bottom, placed one of the blue cheese stuff burgers on top, and then drizzled them with a good amount of homemade buffalo sauce. Finally, we topped them off with a little more blue cheese — delicious!Print
- 2.25-lbs. ground beef
- 4-oz. container of crumbled blue cheese
- 5 ciabatta rolls
- baby spinach
For the buffalo sauce:
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 1/2 tablespoons hot cayenne pepper sauce
- Using a burger press, press a thin layer of ground beef into the bottom of the press. Add approximately a tablespoon and a half of blue cheese on top of the burger patty, leaving room around the outside of the patty for sealing. Add more ground beef on top, and use the top to firmly press the meat together.
- Season burger patties with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Grill over medium heat until cooked through.
- While grilling, melt the butter in a saucepan on the stove for the homemade buffalo sauce. Whisk in the hot cayenne pepper sauce until incorporated.
- Serve on a toasted ciabatta roll with tomato, spinach, a good drizzle of homemade buffalo sauce, and top with more blue cheese.